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The Valley of the Roses, Kazanluk, Bulgaria travel blog

The Valley of the Roses

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... we descended into the Valley of the Roses. Right now we are in the middle of the rose season, which is a big deal here; Bulgaria makes about 60% of the world's rose oil, plus smaller amounts of other rose products like rosewater, soap, hand cream, liqueur ...

The only visitors... wherever we go, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

The only visitors... wherever we go

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... 8am.  When it hit 9am and we were not in Plodiv, we got worried.  Plodiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria; yet, endless grassy plains stretched out the train window.  Natasha got really paranoid and kept going to the conductor's room ...

Dave arrives - the Black Sea beckons!, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Dave arrives - the Black Sea beckons!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Dave was due to arrive late this evening - he's going to be with me for the coming week. Through a combination of school holiday, national public holidays, my usual days off and two days of booked holiday, including yesterday and Thursday I have a total ...

Happy birthday, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Happy birthday

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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After a lie-in and breakfast, we had a really lovely video chat with Mum. During the chat we opened our presents  - amongst other things, I got some fascinating-looking books which I can't wait to read; Alexander von Humboldt's 'Personal Narrative ...

Detour, Shumen, Bulgaria travel blog

Detour

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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... in Lille. They`d both been to Oz so had no trouble understanding our sense of humour and slang! The train crossed over into Bulgaria and stopped at a place called Ruse. The weather did the turn around and pissed down. The romanians with all the bags ...

Going to the Rugby World Cup next year! :-), Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Going to the Rugby World Cup next year! :-)

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Dave and I have managed to get tickets to see Argentina vs. Namibia at the Rugby World Cup next year! I'm so happy! It will be in Leicester, a city I've never been to before, on Sunday 11th October 2015. I have a feeling that this will be quite a quick ...

Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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Veliko Tarnovo When we finally arrived in Veliko centre, Simon was marked by an old lady who had numerous rooms in a block of flats on the hill and a really annoyingly squeaky voice. The view was great, but I've seen better bathrooms! We were all ...

Signs of Spring, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Signs of Spring

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... so I took advantage of the day off work and walked to the market in town.  On the main road leading into Mother Bulgaria Square I saw lots of stalls selling martenitsas; these are red and white tassels, bracelets woven from intertwined red and white ...

Wedding in Varna, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Wedding in Varna

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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My beautifull cousin Anna tied the knot with Boris in a folk ceremony in Varna, the summer  capital of Bulgaria. It was a propper wedding! I was the made of honor and as such (without prior notice) was asked to participate in the enterntainment ...

SNOW!!!  - Long journey to Sofia though!, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

SNOW!!! - Long journey to Sofia though!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Next week is half term for many schools in the UK; with that in mind, Mum is coming to visit for a few days and arrives at Sofia Airport tomorrow. I went to Sofia today so I could stay the night and not have to travel on the day itself.  I had my ...

Lunch with a view, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Lunch with a view

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I was teaching in the morning and I thought Mum was going back to the fruit & vegetable market while I was gone, but when I arrived back I found her just finishing off deep cleaning my bathroom! She hadn't gone to the market after all. (I had cleaned ...

Nice week so far, about to get even better..., Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Nice week so far, about to get even better...

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I must say that my Black Sea holiday has done me good. It's been so nice, waking up in the morning and not feeling at all tired! Usually I wake up feeling a bit tired even on my days off. This evening I went out for dinner at Malkia Inter, a restaurant/ ...

Basarbovo Rock Monastery, Basarbovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Basarbovo Rock Monastery

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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After Ivanovo, Basarbovo Monastery also proved to be a very interesting and picturesque destination. This monastery grounds were quite small, with a white cliff on the left hand side and a narrow road next to a river on the right. Hewn into the white ...

Return to Plovdiv - this time with Mum!, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Return to Plovdiv - this time with Mum!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Half term has just started in the UK, so Mum has come to Bulgaria for a week! She's flown into Plovdiv this time, rather than Sofia. I've come to Plovdiv to meet up with her; tomorrow I return with her to Veliko Tarnovo, where we'll stay until next ...

Money-changing in Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Money-changing in Sofia

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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A short time in Sofia to change buses - a much smoother process than I was expecting. I'd heard that I might have to get my ticket to Skopje from Serdika bus station, rather than the central one; my only previous experience of Serdika being my ...

Willow branches and daffodils, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Willow branches and daffodils

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Yesterday I mentioned seeing old ladies cutting willow branches on my walk from Arbanasi to Veliko Tarnovo; this morning I saw lots of people on the streets holding branches and twigs of willow. Today is the Bulgarian Orthodox Palm Sunday; a day when ...

National Revival Day, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

National Revival Day

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... to the outside wall.   The Ethnographical Museum was interesting, just as I thought it would be. I didn't know that Bulgaria was a major silk producer in Ottoman times, after silkworms were introduced to Byzantium from China. It didn't say exactly ...

Rila Monastery, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria travel blog

Rila Monastery

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... eventually led us to the monastery!  Because today was Sunday (or because this is such a big destination), half of Bulgaria's population was visiting the monastery.  The frescoes were from 19th C and were indeed impressive.  I was admiring ...

Bulgarian Independence Day and more, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Bulgarian Independence Day and more

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... Mother Bulgaria Square, right in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo. There was a short wreath-laying ceremony at the Mother Bulgaria statue (which is a war memorial) and then a military parade. This included soldiers firing blanks, something I wasn't expecting ...

Mum in Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Mum in Veliko Tarnovo

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... going out to a restaurant called Hadji Nikoli. This is the same place that we teachers got taken out to in my first week in Bulgaria. On that occasion we'd eaten in the courtyard, but now due to the cold we ate inside. A pianist kept us and the other ...

Veliko Tarnovo: ancient fortress capital, Valiko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Tarnovo: ancient fortress capital

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... sate my religious fervour however so off I went to the neighbouring town of Arbanassi, to what Lonely Planet calls 'one of Bulgaria's most interesting churches'. Set like a barn on a gentle slope of grass and spring flowers, it has a deliberately low ...

Travelling through Romania & Bulgaria, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Travelling through Romania & Bulgaria

A travel blog entry by worldofbintang

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... sad to think about all the people who had been killed in 1989. After nearly 2 weeks in Romania we crossed the border into Bulgaria and had an interesting 5 days in Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital. Vinnie, Paul and I stayed in a great little hostel run ...

Another very hot day, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Another very hot day

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... juice for herself and a big bottle of beer mixed with grapefruit juice for Andrew. We then had a 10-minute sit down in Mother Bulgaria Square before splitting ways; I had to get back to work.   While I was at work, Kate and Andrew relaxed back at my ...

Back in Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Back in Bulgaria

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I managed to doze off for a while on the plane but still felt very sleep-deprived on arrival in Sofia. The taxi journey to the central bus station was uneventful and this time I had no problems getting a ticket for the next bus to Veliko ...

Plovdiv: almost mugged!, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Plovdiv: almost mugged!

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... the Med to my final destination - the UK. Outside it's pouring rain and I'm back in a land of Cyrillics again - this time Bulgaria - already a world away from the aridity of the Middle East. I must admit that it has been good to get out of Turkey ...

Chapter 48: Entering Eastern Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Chapter 48: Entering Eastern Europe

A travel blog entry by easyread

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... Go Europe 2003" (not ideal, but useful for places that won't warrant individual guidebook purchases), and bought a bus ticket to Sofia, Bulgaria for the next morning. The bus trip yesterday was long (9 hours) and dull, and it was broken up only by ...

Lovely relaxing Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Lovely relaxing Plovdiv

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Once I'd got back to Plovdiv from Asenovgrad Fortress I checked my email at the hostel before going out again. I went back into the St Konstantin & Elena church briefly, because I noticed they'd opened the main entrance which had been closed the day ...

Car boot sale, Dragizhevo, Bulgaria travel blog

Car boot sale

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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A very, very hot day today in Dragizhevo, a village not far from Veliko Tarnovo which holds a car boot sale once a month between April and September/ October. A few of us went; I bought several things - half a dozen duck eggs, a book and one or two ...

Emma and Kate depart, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Emma and Kate depart

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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A lie-in was followed by lunch at Taverna, a restaurant only round the corner from my flat. I suggested this place because I know it does good chicken kavarma (chicken and vegetable stew cooked and served in a clay pot) and tarator and the décor is ...

Long-term winter travel - pros and cons, Somewhere over Romania, Egypt travel blog

Long-term winter travel - pros and cons

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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I've had a few questions from readers about the practicalities and logistics of travelling through Arctic conditions and northern winters, and I know I was concerned about the extreme cold before I got there, so in the hope that it's useful for future ...

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